Grief comes in many forms. Loss of a loved one, job, or pet. Grief may also present following the loss of a relationship or marriage that ends in divorce. The grieving process may be extremely painful and isolating. There is no way to emotionally prepare for the impact of such loss, even if the loss is expected or anticipated. Although everyone grieves, individual mourning is never the same; you will grieve in your own special way.
It is normal to experience emotions such as extreme sadness, devastation, loneliness, shock, anger, or numbness.Individuals may also experience emotional and physical exhaustion,disorganization, and changes in eating and sleeping patterns. For many it feels as though the world has stopped, yet life carries on and the pressure to keep up and ‘distract’ oneself is overwhelming; further distancing one from healing.
Complicated grief occurs when the intensity of grief reactions and emotions do not lessen overtime;impacting one’s ability to complete daily tasks, or function as they previously had. It may result in detachment from family, friends, and sense of self. In more severe cases, it may result in self-destructive behaviours, or suicidal ideation. Such presentations require urgent, professional assistance.
The therapeutic process will provide opportunity for you to be with your emotions; share them, feel them, and experience them in a safe and compassionate environment. Using evidence-based practice methods, Chantille will join you on your journey through grief. Your loss will be honoured and suffering alleviated. Individuals will be empowered to continue living while carrying loss in their hearts.
Chantille Groves MSW.,RSW.
522 2nd St. SE,
Medicine Hat, Alberta